Distinctive Burl Design

Distinctively Natural Wood Inc.
9237 W. Prairie Ave. Post Falls, Idaho
Email us at: dburld@hotmail.com

Distinctive Burl Design can assure you that every piece of furniture or wood accessory we design will be a one of a kind work of art, crafted with loving care by Mike Oliver and his associates. This is your opportunity to meet the people behind Distinctive Burl Design.

Robert Michael (Mike) Oliver was born in Silver City New Mexico, in 1952. At the age of ten his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he grew up. He went to college and majored in art at UNLV.

In 1971, Mike traveled down the West Coast, from Seattle to San Diego, on a ten speed bike. On that journey of self discovery, he also developed a profound love of nature's beauty, especially while traveling through the giant Redwoods of Northern California. Later that same year, he purchased his first small rough cut slab of Redwood, and began teaching himself the art that he has grown to love.

Through the years, Mike traveled and took on what jobs came his way, until he finally settled down in Las Vegas again. He spent a number of years as a Union Carpenter, squeezing out whatever time he could to pursue his wood working. Even then he gained a local reputation as a talented artist.

Since 1991, Mike has made his home, with his wife and children, in Northern Idaho. There, what began as a hobby, has developed into a prospering and fulfilling occupation, leaving time for his family, friends and religious pursuits.


Having developed a passion for fishing in his late teens, becoming a rod maker was a natural development for Steve Moran. He has now been building custom fly fishing rods for some twenty five plus years. With this amount of steady experience, Steve has become recognized as a master craftsman at creating rods. His rods have been sold to clients around the world, from Spokane to Malaysia. In addition to building custom rods, Steve does guided fishing trips in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

As a result of the inlay work that Steve incorporates into his rods, he became acquainted with Mike Oliver and a beautiful working relationship has resulted. Steve's inlayed wildlife creations now adorn many of Mike's Distinctive Burl Designs. On our Links page you can find a link to Steve's own Website.


Jan Oliver was born in San Bernadino, California, and was raised all over the United States. She attended college in Oklahoma and Arizona, majoring in Magazine Layout and Design, as well as Computer Sciences. She still attends occasional classes on line, through the internet. Jan has also studied many forms of art, including painting, drawing, jewelry smithing, pottery and stained glass.

Jan has been associated with her husband Mike for the last twenty six years in his artistic endeavors. Besides running the website, acting as a creative consultant and assisting with sales, Jan takes care of the home, family and her own artistic side.


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